(1908-1992) is known for his unique composition style. Incorporating complex rhythms, harmony, melodies and his passion for ornithology, his Illuminations of the Beyond
for Orchestra is no exception to the composer's popular, distinctive style.
Composed between 1987-1991, Illuminations of the Beyond
was one of the composer's last works, with the premiere occuring six months after his death. The work includes Messiaen
's popular compositional techniques, such as his modes of limited transposition, and the use of birdsong. Messiaen
's piece for orchestra is divided in to eleven movements and a typical performance lasts about one hour. Illuminations of the Beyond
is essential to all advanced orchestras seeking to expand and vary their repertoire. More